About EPRI

EPRI's mission is to improve understanding of education and skills development in formal education and related post-schooling outcomes. Our activities are focused primarily on three thematic areas: skills development at the elementary and secondary (K-12) levels and post-secondary education (PSE) enrolment (participation) decisions; skills development and student success during PSE; and post-schooling, labour market outcomes.

Who We Are

EPRI has an established record of successful research projects that range from large multi-year, multi-partner undertakings to smaller projects focused on particular issues. This capacity is grounded in the experience and skills of the EPRI team, which includes its Directors, Research Team, Research Review Committee, and a network of affiliated researchers from across Canada and elsewhere.

Directors

Ross Finnie, Director

Ross Finnie is a Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He has held positions at Laval, Carleton and Queen's Universities and attended Queen's University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Visiting Fellow at Statistics Canada, a Research Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, and a member of the Canadian Labour and Skills Researcher Network. His interests in post-secondary education include access and barriers to PSE; student retention, pathways to completion, and identifying students at risk of dropping out of PSE; student engagement and the quality of student PSE experiences; post-schooling outcomes. Other research interests include poverty and income inequality, income support programs, inter-provincial and international mobility of workers, and other issues related to labour and public economics.

Arthur Sweetman, Associate Director

Arthur Sweetman is a Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources. His interests focus primarily on empirical economic issues related to health labour markets, as well as the general labour market, social policy and health policy. In 2010, he co-edited two books published by McGill-Queen's University Press: Canadian Immigration: Economic Evidence for a Dynamic Policy Environment, co-edited with Ted McDonald, Elizabeth Ruddick, and Christopher Worswick, and Pursuing Higher Education in Canada: Economic, Social and Policy Dimensions, co-edited with Finnie, Ross, Marc Frenette, and Richard E. Mueller.


Richard E. Mueller, Associate Director  

Richard E. Mueller is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Mueller's primary research interests include the determinants of entry into post-secondary education and other related education issues. His work has appeared in a number of economics and Canadian studies journals, and edited volumes. He is co-editor, along with Ross Finnie, Arthur Sweetman and Alex Usher, and contributor to Who Goes? Who Stays? What Matters? Accessing and Persisting in Post-Secondary Education in Canada, and co-editor, along with Ross Finnie, Marc Frenette and Arthur Sweetman, and contributor to Pursuing Higher Education in Canada: Economic, Social and Policy Dimensions, published in 2008 and 2010, respectively, by McGill-Queen's University Press.


Research Team

Michael Dubois, Project Manager

Michael Dubois holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies from the Université de Montréal. As a graduate student, Michael studied the state of post-secondary education in federal penitentiaries and its treatment effect on student offenders’ correctional outcomes. Outside of academia, he has also conducted research and policy analyses in both research institutes and advocacy groups as well as in federal government. Michael joined EPRI in April 2016 and was previously involved as a Research Assistant on tax-linkage projects. His research interests are policy design, economics of education, and correctional education.

Eda Bozkurt, Research Associate

Eda Bozkurt holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, where she also worked as a Research Assistant from 2009 to 2015. Throughout her graduate education and Research Assistantship, she has worked with longitudinal and cross-sectional survey data such as the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), NLSY79 Child and Young Adult, U.S. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, US Current Population Survey, U.S. Census, Canadian Census, and American Community Survey using statistical software such as Stata and programming in Fortran to estimate model parameters, using simulated method of moments. Since joining EPRI in 2015, Eda has worked with student administrative data of PSE institutions, using Stata and Python, to examine student retention.

Masashi Miyairi, Research Associate

Masashi Miyairi earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Western Ontario where he carried out empirical studies of the dynamic occupational mobility pattern of young workers and the economic assimilation of immigrants in Canada. Having joined EPRI in 2015 he has also worked as a Research Assistant on a project estimating the income dynamics of post-secondary school attendants in Canada. He is well versed in theories and practices in economics and econometrics, statistical and scientific computing.

Dejan Pavlic, Senior Research Associate

Dejan Pavlic holds a Master's of Arts Degree in Planning and a Joint Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Anthropology, both from the University of Waterloo. During his graduate studies, he was the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and was awarded the President's Graduate Scholarship and the Special Graduate Scholarship by the University. His previous research work experience includes a summer student position with the Government of Ontario, as well as a demographic research position at the University of Waterloo. Dejan's primary interests lie in disentangling neighbourhood, community and regional patterns of education, income distribution and land development and redevelopment. Since joining EPRI in 2010 he has spent too much of his time wondering if he prefers SAS or Stata.

John Sergeant, Administrative Assistant

John Sergeant holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and has been part of EPRI since 2014. His responsibilities include finalizing documents, coordinating meetings, and overseeing EPRI's logistical needs.


Utku Suleymanoglu, Research Associate

Utku Suleymanoglu joined EPRI in 2016. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Guelph. He is pursuing a PhD in Economics at University of Western Ontario (expected graduation 2017). His research interests are in labour economics and economics of education with a focus on how parents affect educational outcomes of their children. Before joining EPRI, he was a lecturer of statistics and econometrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Research Fellows

Lesley Andres, University of British Columbia

Charles Beach, Queen's University

Charles Beach grew up in Montreal and earned a BAH at McGill University and Ph.D. at Princeton University. He has taught economics at Queen's University since 1972 and became a Professor Emeritus in 2012. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Econometric Study Group and the Canadian Employment Research Forum, Chair of the Data Liberation Initiative at Statistics Canada, Editor of Canadian Public Policy (1995–02), and Director of the John Deutsch Institute at Queen's (2001–09). He has published 15 books and a large number of research and policy papers related to Canadian employment, skills and labour markets. His current research interests are on Canadian immigration policy and income inequality.

Lorne Carmichael, Queen's University

Lorne Carmichael is Professor of Economics at Queen's University. He has also taught classes at the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Aukland, and has visited widely at universities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and the United States. He was an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics for ten years, ending in 2006. His early research focused on the economic rationale for various labour market institutions such as seniority rules, promotion contests and academic tenure. More recently he has written on the evolutionary underpinnings of behavioural economics. Current interests include the determinants of access and persistence in post-secondary education and the implications of the shifting demographic composition of university students.

Louis N. Christofides, University of Cyprus

Louis N. Christofides received a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1973. From 1972 to 2002 he was on faculty at the University of Guelph, Canada, serving as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1987 to 1997. From 2002 to 2006 he served as Chair of the Department of Economics, and from 2006 to 2011 as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Cyprus. His research is in Labour Economics, Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics. He has published extensively in these areas in professional journals. He is a Research Associate of CESifo and a Research Fellow of IZA. He has served as a referee to numerous academic journals, universities and granting agencies in Canada (SSHRC), the US (NSF), and the EU (ESF) and as a consultant to governmental organisations in Canada and the European Union. He is currently serving as a Member of the Scientific Council of Cyprus and of the Governing Board of the Central Bank of Cyprus.

Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal

Marie Connolly (Ph.D. 2007, Princeton University) has been a professor at the Department of Economics of UQAM's School of Management (ESG UQAM) since 2009. She teaches statistics and econometrics to undergraduates and labor economics to graduates students. Her research is primarily empirical and touches upon various topics in labor economics, such as social mobility, the formation of human capital, the gender wage gap, subjective well-being, women's labor force participation and the evaluation of public policy. Her work as been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Canadian Journal of Economics, among others.

Scott Davies, McMaster University

Scott Davies is Professor of Sociology and an Associate Member of the Department of Political Science at McMaster University where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Children. Dr. Davies’ research revolves around a core theme: change and inequality in education. He has examined disparities in student outcomes, including rates of dropping out of high school, educational aspirations, access to higher education, and transitions to employment. Much of his research is oriented to connecting educational policy trends to globalization, social movements, and public opinion. He is an associate editor of Canadian Public Policy, and has been on the editorial boards of Sociology of Education, American Journal of Education, and Sociological Inquiry. He has won awards from the American Education Research Association and the Canadian Society for Studies in Education.

Benoit Dostie, HEC Montréal

Benoit Dostie is an associate professor at the Institute of applied economics of HEC Montréal, the business school affiliated with the Université de Montréal, where he holds the HEC Montréal professorship for the analysis of workdept and their employees. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 2001, is a Fellow at the IZA and CIRANO, a regular member of the CIRPÉE, and a researcher at the Center for Productivity and Prosperity of HEC Montréal. His research interests include statistical models for linked employer-employee data, duration models, returns to human capital, firm-sponsored training, productivity, turnover, and labour reallocation.

Torben Drewes, Trent University

Torben Drewes is a professor of economics at Trent University, where he has taught since 1980. His research focuses on labour economics and the economics of higher education. He has published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Canadian Public Policy, Research in Higher Education, and the OECD Education Working Paper Series. He has also conducted research for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Finance Canada, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. A former member of the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board and the Committee of University Planner and Analysts, Council of Ontario Universities, he is currently a member of council at the COU. He received his BA from Lakehead University and his Ph.D. from Queen’s University.

Don Drummond, Queen's University

Ana Ferrer, University of Waterloo

Ana Ferrer is a university professor at the University of Waterloo, and associated researcher at the Canadian Labour and Skills Research Network (CLSRN) and at the Children Migration Network at Princeton University. She graduated from Boston University but her research career developed in Canada, and focused on labour markets, education and family economics. Her work on the economics of education includes research on different aspects of the premium attached to immigrant credentials and to the skills brought by immigrants to Canada, work on the economic returns of going back to school, and work on the long term consequences of resource booms for educational attainment. This work has been published in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Economic, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

Kelly Foley, University of Saskatchewan

Kelly Foley is an assistant professor in the economics department at the University of Saskatchewan. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, Kelly held an assistant professorship at the Copenhagen Business School. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia in 2009. Prior to her doctoral studies, Kelly was a Research Associate at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation. Kelly’s research interests include labour economics and the economics of education. Her doctoral research focused on the determinants of educational attainment and included an examination of whether neighbourhood characteristics affect the probability that young Canadians attend university.

Reuben Ford, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Reuben Ford is a research director at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) a non-profit research organization that evaluates policies and programs in Canada. He has extensive experience in both the research and operational elements of the design, implementation, and evaluation stages of large-scale experimental demonstration projects in Canada. This includes research design, sampling and participant recruitment, program operations, data management and information systems, and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Since 2003, he has directed SRDC's team investigating approaches to increase access to Post-secondary education across Canada (which include Future to Discover in Manitoba and New Brunswick, BC AVID and Life After High School Projects in BC and Life After High School in Ontario). Before joining SRDC in 1998, Dr. Ford spent five years as a Research Fellow and Senior Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, a UK non-profit research institute. Dr. Ford holds a Ph.D. in Geography from University College London.

Nicole Fortin, University of British Columbia

Marc Frenette, Statistics Canada

Jane Friesen, Simon Fraser University

Jane Friesen is an Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University and the Director of SFU’s Centre for Education Research and Policy. Her current research interests focus on the effects of features of K-12 education systems on student outcomes, including school choice policies, full-day Kindergarten and education funding formulas

Patrick Gaudreau, University of Ottawa

David Green, University of British Columbia

Catherine Haeck, Université du Québec à Montréal

Catherine Haeck is an assistant professor at the Université du Québec in Montréal. She is currently an invited researcher at the Québec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics and an affiliated researcher at CIRANO Research Centre. Her research focuses on the human capital development of children and youth. She has written about parental leave reform, school reform and universal childcare. Her current research focuses on the implications of different programs, such as nutritional programs during pregnancy, universal childcare and paid parental leave, on child health.

Jorgen Hansen, Concordia University

Jorgen Hansen is an Associate Professor of Economics at Concordia University, Montreal. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Goteborg University, Sweden, in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty at Concordia, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Montreal, and served as a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) at the University of Bonn. Jorgen Hansen also holds appointments as research fellow at IZA and research associate at CIRANO and CIREQ. His research has been funded by SSHRC and published in leading economics journals.

Andrew Heisz, Statistics Canada

David Johnson, Wilfrid Laurier University

David Johnson is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and Education Policy Scholar at the C.D. Howe Institute. His education research includes the analysis of elementary school test scores in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia as well as studies of university access, persistence and gap years. His 2005 book 'Signposts of Success,' a comprehensive analysis of elementary school test scores in Ontario, was selected as a finalist in 2006 for both the Donner Prize and the Purvis Prize. Professor Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1978. He received his Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before coming to Wilfrid Laurier in 1985, David worked for two years at the Bank of Canada. He has visited at the National Bureau of Economic Research, at Cambridge University and most recently as Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Pierre Lefebvre, Université du Québec à Montréal

Pierre Lefebvre is professor of economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His funded research project focuses on human capital development of children and youth determinants of educational attainment. Recent work includes returns to education of young Canadian adults, Québec’s school reform, long-term effects of Québec’s childcare program, recent evolution of retirement patterns in Canada, and intergenerational transmission of education in Canada. He is research associate at CIQSS and CIRPÉE.

Steven Lehrer, Queen's University

Steven Lehrer is an Associate Professor of Economics at Queen's University and a faculty research fellow in the Economics of Education program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research focuses on health economics, economics of education, labour markets, causal inference and experimental economics. His research has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics of Education Review, American Political Science Review among other outlets. Prior to joining Queen’s, Prof. Lehrer spent two years at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as the John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and his B. A. in Economics at McGill University. He also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Canadian Public Policy and Empirical Economics.

Thomas Lemieux, University of British Columbia

Thomas Lemieux is a professor of Economics at University of British Columbia. He received his B.A. at Université Laval in 1984, his M.A. at Queen’s University in 1985, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1989. Professor Lemieux has held positions at MIT and the Université de Montréal prior to joining the faculty at UBC in 1999. He is a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, a founding co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Most of his recent research focuses on the causes and consequences of the increase in earnings inequality in industrialized countries.

Lance Lochner, University of Western Ontario

Lance Lochner is currently a Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario, CIBC Chair in Human Capital and Productivity, and Canadian Research Chair in Human Capital and Productivity. He is also a Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the U.S., the CIBC Centre for Human Capital at the University of Western Ontario, the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in Italy, and CESifo in Germany. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1998 and spent the next five years as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, and an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics and associate editor at the Journal of Human Capital and Journal of Applied Econometrics. His areas of research include the financial returns to schooling; post-school human capital acquisition; the interaction of early and late investments in human capital; the relationship between family income, early child outcomes, and educational attainment; education policy in a general equilibrium environment; the nature of credit constraints and government lending programs in the education market; the interaction between human capital and criminal behaviour; and the evolution of earnings inequality in the U.S.

Felice Martinello, Brock University

Felice Martinello was educated in economics at the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia and is currently a Professor of Economics at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has written on labour unions, wage determination and union organizing, and has recently turned his attention to post-secondary education. Recent work includes studies of faculty salaries in Ontario universities; transitions of post-secondary students across programs and institutions, with an emphasis on college to university transfers; academic regulations; and the decreases in grades experienced by students when they go from high school to university.

Jonaida Milla, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jonaida Milla joined the Department of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University for an Assistant Professor (CLTA) position in July 2016. She completed her graduate studies (M.A. and Ph.D.) in Economics at the University of Guelph. Her research interests lie in the fields of Applied Econometrics, Economics of Education and Labour Economics. Her recent work concentrates on topics related to evaluating the effect and exploring the mechanisms behind teacher performance pay compensations in K-12, intergenerational transmission of higher education, value-added assessment of education effectiveness and quality, determinants of entry and exit dynamics in tertiary education, and university quality premium on earnings.

Kevin Milligan, University of British Columbia

Louis-Philippe Morin, University of Ottawa

Louis-Philippe Morin is an assistant professor in the economics department at the University of Ottawa. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2007. His research interests include the economics of education and labour economics. His current research focuses on the determinants of university students’ academic performance and on the labour market impacts of educational reforms.

Christine Neill, Wilfrid Laurier University

Christine Neill is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research has focused on empirical analysis of policy issues in Canadian post-secondary education. She has also written on Australian firearms policy and the labour market effects of infrastructure programs, and is currently studying the effects of moves from half-day to full-day kindergarten.

Shelley Phipps, Dalhousie University

Shelley Phipps is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Dalhousie University. She currently holds the Maxwell Chair in Economics, is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research(Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being Group) and is the Program Director for Children, Family and Work-life Issues for the Canadian Labour and Skills Research Network(a SSHRCC-funded cluster). She is also affiliated with the European Union Centre of Excellence. Her research has focused on the health and well-being of Canadian children, the implications of women's paid and unpaid work for women's health, international comparisons of social policy, poverty and inequality, and decision-making within families.

Miana Plesca, University of Guelph

Craig Riddell, University of British Columbia  

W. Craig Riddell is Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia and Academic Director of the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Research Network. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College, London). His teaching and research interests are in labour economics, labour relations and public policy. Current research focuses on education, skills formation, immigration, unemployment, unemployment insurance and inequality.

Saul Schwartz, Carleton University

Wayne Simpson, University of Manitoba

Wayne Simpson is Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and previously worked for the Bank of Canada and Economic Council of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the London School of Economics. He is the author of several books, more than fifty refereed articles, and numerous reports, book chapters, and other articles, primarily in the areas of labour economics, urban and regional economics, quantitative methods and social policy. His recent research includes adult education, the education of immigrants, academic research in Canadian economics departments, provincial budgeting, and information technology in the workdept.

Thanasis Stengos, University of Guelph

Thanasis Stengos is a member of the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph, where he now holds a University Research Chair. He received a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. from Queen's University. His main teaching area is econometrics. His research interests are in nonparametric methods, empirical growth with emphasis on the effect of human capital and education on growth, the link between pollution and economic growth and multidimensional measures of inequality and poverty. He is Deputy Director of the Rimini Center for Economic Analysis in Rimini, Italy.

Todd Stinebrickner, University of Western Ontario

Todd is a labour economist interested in policy-relevant issues in education. His most recent research has focused on issues in higher education, especially as they relate to students from low income families. He is the founder and director of the Berea Panel Study, a longitudinal study that provides unequalled depth and detail about the beliefs, experiences, and outcomes of university students. His research has been supported by SSHRC, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation and has been published in a variety of top academic journals. He is a Professor and the Glenn Campbell Fellow in Economics at the University of Western Ontario.

Mike Veall, McMaster University

Mike Veall is Professor of Economics at McMaster University. He has also taught at the University of Western Ontario and for short periods at the University of Mannheim, Australian National University and Queen’s University. His main research interest is applied econometrics and economic statistics, with a recent focus on the distribution of income in Canada and tax/transfer policy. He is also collaborating or has collaborated on projects involving productivity growth, the academic development of adolescents and the ranking of universities.

Jean-Pierre Voyer, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Jean-Pierre Voyer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, a non-profit organization that specializes in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale demonstration projects in the social policy domain. From 2002 to 2006, he was the federal assistant-deputy minister in charge of the Policy Research Initiative, an organization responsible for conducting research on cross-cutting social, economic, and environmental issues in support of the Government of Canada’s medium-term policy agenda. From 1994 to 2000 he was Director General of the Applied Research Branch at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) where he provided oversight for a research program that included an education component. Mr. Voyer has also held positions at Finance Canada, the Privy Council Office, the National Union of Provincial Government Employees, and the Economic Council of Canada. He was Chairman of the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee from 1998 to 2000. He has served on various research committees for such organizations as SSHRC, the University of Ottawa, and HRSDC.

Bill Warburton, Enterprise Economic Consulting

Bill Warburton is president of Enterprise Economic Consulting. He received his B.A. from Queen's University, M.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from the University of London, all in economics. Currently, he is a member of the Canadian Economics Association and a Director of the Canadian Employment Research Forum. His research focuses on estimating the impacts of government programs. Recent papers estimate the marginal impact of placing children in foster care and the impacts of full day kindergarten for disadvantaged students on grade 4 outcomes.

Casey Warman, Dalhousie University

Casey Warman is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Dalhousie University and a Faculty Research Fellow in the Health Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His current research interests primarily involve empirical issues in the areas of health economics, economics of education, gender, and immigration. His research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Human Resources and Labour Economics.

Matthew Webb, Carleton University

Matthew Webb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University. He was previously an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary after completing his PhD at Queen's University. His research is largely in the areas of the economics of higher education and applied econometrics, with a focus on bootstrap based cluster robust inference.

Policy Fellows

Jennifer Adams, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Joe Blomeley

Claude Brule, Algonquin College

Claude Brulé has been at Algonquin College for the past 17 years, the last four of which he has spent serving as the Senior Vice President Academic. In that capacity, he is responsible to ensure high quality for the academic development and delivery of all programs offered by the academic Institutes, Schools, and Faculties of Algonquin College. Part of these responsibilities includes the development of an entrepreneurial culture within the academic division and the implementation of innovative solutions in the learning environment that enhance student success. Before that, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Trades and started at the College as the Academic Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Department. Prior to joining Algonquin College, Claude was an officer in the Canadian Air Force occupational branch of Communication and Electronics Engineering for 22 years. He holds a Master’s degree of Science in Mathematics from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a graduate of the one-year Canadian Forces Command and Staff program from the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is also a graduate of the Management and Leadership in Education program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Stephen Childs, University of Calgary

Stephen Childs is an Institutional Analyst at the University of Calgary where he is applying predictive modeling to university data. A former Senior Researcher and Project Manager at EPRI, Stephen has an interest in education policy, specifically access to PSE, student retention and labour market outcomes. Stephen completed a Master's Degree in Business Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Stephen is the founder and one of the organizers of PyData Calgary, which promotes of the use of Python and other Open Source tools for data analysis and is a co-organizer of the Text Analysis Interest Group at the University of Calgary.

David Corcoran, Colleges Ontario

David Corcoran is the Research Officer at Colleges Ontario. In this role he provides research and analysis to support evidence-based advocacy and policy development. His current work seeks to inform policy in such areas as post-secondary access and success, graduate outcomes, skill development, indigenous education, and institutional performance metrics. Prior to working at Colleges Ontario, David was a post-doctoral fellow at Ryerson University and he holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Stony Brook University.

Fiona Dellar, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Tim Fricker, Mohawk College

Tim Fricker is the Director of Student Success Initiatives at Mohawk College, where he is responsible for a variety of programs aimed at improving student learning and success. Programs include student success advising, peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, and facilitating campus wide retention planning, research and reporting. He has worked with EPRI since 2012 on a variety of projects, including the Statistics Canada and ESDC funded Tax Linkage Project and three HEQCO funded studies – two as part of the Access and Retention Consortium, and one focused on assessing the development of critical thinking skills from college through to the labour market. Tim is also a PhD student at OISE, focusing on the relationship between academic advising and student success in College.

Erika Goble, NorQuest College

Erika Goble, PhD, is the Manager of Research at NorQuest College where she administers all institutional and applied research projects. Goble has a doctorate in Education from the University of Alberta, with a focus on continental pedagogy. Goble’s current research explores students’ experience of Massive Open Online Courses, post-secondary faculty moral distress, and the intersection of ethics and aesthetics in practice.

Noreen Golfman, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jason Hunter, Humber College

Corrine Johnson, Humber College

Currently the Director, Institutional Research and Strategic Planning at Humber College, Corrine provides leadership to achievement of Humber's vision and mission through rigorous analysis of institutional data and leadership in integrated strategic and business planning activities. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Community Health and her previous positions include Director of Health Sciences at George Brown College and Associate Director, Research Services at McMaster University. Corrine's current research interests relate to student success, retention and employment.

Gerry Kendal, University of Alberta

Natalia Kyui, Bank of Canada

Diana MacKay, Carleton University

Diana has twenty years of global education leadership experience at noteworthy international and national organizations. She is an expert on education system issues reshaping post-secondary education in Canada and around the world. She is recognized as a builder of education-business partnerships, especially in work-integrated learning that leverages underutilized talent to meet labour market demands. She previously led major education, skills, and immigration projects at The Conference Board of Canada as well as at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Executive Director of Carleton University’s Global Academy, which delivers professional development training, global professional networks, and special flagship initiatives. In this role, Diana is creating opportunities to leverage EPRI’s Tax Linkage project so that policy makers, educational institutions, and the employer community can address long-standing information gaps that have resulted in labour market inefficiencies and poorly informed career choices.

Scott MacDonald, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training - British Columbia

Scott MacDonald is Assistant Deputy Minister, Labour Market and Information Division at the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for the province of British Columbia, which takes a leadership role in implementing BC’s skills plan by ensuring that skills training programs across the Province are closely aligned with BC’s labour market needs and priorities; provides detailed and accessible labour market data to improve public, private and individual workforce decisions; and is implementing the newly formed BC Center for Data Innovation. Prior to his current portfolio, Scott was the Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Carbon Trust, a crown corporation of the BC provincial government, and has also served as Assistant Deputy Minister for the BC Ministry of Education, setting provincial education policy and curriculum standards. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Scott completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia, followed by a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. Scott lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and has two grown daughters.

Chris Mercer, College of the North Atlantic

Chris has provided leadership at local, provincial and national levels of Canadian post-secondary education in strategic enrolment management, registrarial and admissions services, student services, institutional research, student assessment, counselling, recruitment, and retention. His doctoral studies focused on succession planning and leadership development in higher education administration. Chris is Associate Vice President, Strategic Enrolment Management and Registrar (Acting) at College of the North Atlantic, as well as a registered Psychologist. His interest in EPRI’s research activities relates to education, skills, and labour market, particularly in tax linkage research that uses income tax date to track earnings of post-secondary graduates across Canada over multiple years to inform labour market outcomes.

Nancy Miyagi, George Brown College

Serge Nadeau, University of Ottawa

Andrew Parkin

Andrew Parkin is one of Canada’s leading experts on the structure and performance of Canada’s education systems. He has held a variety of senior positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director, Research and Program Development, of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada. A political sociologist by background, he completed his post-doctorate at Dalhousie University, his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford (U.K.), and his B.A. (Honours) at Queen’s University. From 2004 to 2010, he directed the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s ground-breaking research program on access to postsecondary education and the effectiveness of student financial assistance programs. In that capacity, he designed and implemented an innovative a series of research projects to evaluate the impact of student financial assistance and student information programs, and authored, co-authored or edited over 50 research publications, including the final and most comprehensive edition of The Price of Knowledge. More recently, his research has focused on the measurement of education outcomes and the skills of Canadians in international comparison. He currently works as an independent consultant on public policy issues.

Brenda Pipitone, George Brown College

Ms. Pipitone has executive experience in post-secondary education access, systems innovation, and leadership, with extensive background in organizational partnership and economic development. A seasoned administrator, she has led college-wide change initiatives, implementing sophisticated institutional evaluation and systems developments to improve student satisfaction, success and persistence. As Dean, she has both academic and corporate responsibilities in four key areas: Academic Excellence, Student Affairs, Educational Resources, and Community Partnerships. Ms. Pipitone is a recognized leader on access to post-secondary education for non-traditional students and held a dynamic teaching portfolio for 15 years. Her doctoral research focused on access, including organizational structures that impede access goals in postsecondary environments. A key interest is the efficacy of multi-systemic collaborative approaches to support the persistence and retention of non-traditional students, whose access has direct implications for labour and skills shortages, as well as for social equity.

Wayne Poirier, Mohawk College

Wayne Poirier was appointed Vice-President Student Services at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario in January 2011 and is currently the VP Student & Alumni Services. Wayne served in various student service roles for more than 17 years before joining Mohawk. Prior to joining Mohawk, Wayne served as Director Student Service & Campus Life at George Brown College. Wayne holds a PhD in Higher Education, OISE, University of Toronto. His dissertation focuses on orientation, transition and student success in Ontario. He earned his M.A.Ed. from Central Michigan University and a B.A. Political Science from York University where is served in numerous student leadership roles.

Nobina Robinson, Polytechnics Canada

Nobina Robinson is a graduate of Amherst College and of Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar), and has pursued graduate studies at Yale. She has an extensive policy background in federal public policy issues, having worked at the Treasury Board Secretariat, and having served as a Canadian Foreign Service Officer. She has been a leader of two not-for-profit associations -- the Canadian Foundation for the Amercias (FOCAL) and currently, Polytechnics Canada. As Senior Government Relations Advisor for Seneca College from 2004 to 2009, she focused on raising the profile of one of Canada's largest colleges within the federal government. Since her 2009 appointment as CEO of Polytechnics Canada, she has become a formidable advocate for improving the quality and availability of labour market information in Canada. For Mrs. Robinson, better labour market information is the key to ensuring the success of all Canadian learners; they can better select pathways that lead to in-demand fields, and at the same time, institutions are better equipped to provide students the skills they will need to succeed in a fast evolving job market. Promoting the cause of outcomes-driven education is a key policy interest for Mrs. Robinson.

Paul Smith

Paul is a consultant working in career development and higher education, offering his extensive network and experiences. From 2010 to May 2016, he served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). Before that, he held leadership roles at Queen’s University and Memorial University, after starting his work in the field at the College of the North Atlantic. Paul has contributed to his field through research, innovative programming and the development of best practices. Paul holds a Master’s in Education (Post-Secondary Student Services) and Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Education, all from Memorial University. He lives in Kingston with his wife, three children and their dog.

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Benoit Tessier, Employment and Social Development Canada

Benoit Tessier is the Executive Director of Employer Liaison Services within Employment and Social Development Canada. In a unique departmental role, Mr. Tessier works with industry and education representatives across Canada to support employers in recruiting domestic workers. He is also responsible for the Sectoral Initiatives Program which has the mandate to help industries identify, forecast and address their human resources and skills issues. The program funds partnership-based projects for key sectors of the Canadian economy. In addition, Benoit is leading the implementation of the recently announced Post-secondary Industry Partnership and Co-operative Placement Initiative, to create partnerships between which will support partnerships between employers and post-secondary educational institutions and support new co-op placements and work-integrated learning opportunities for young Canadians, with a focus on high-demand fields, such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business, linking it to Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Since joining the public sector in 1997, Benoit has held various positions within the department, including Director of Strategic Planning & Accountability and Director of the Office of Labour Market Intelligence. From 2003 to 2014, Benoit served as School Board Trustee and Vice-president of one of the largest school boards in Quebec. He received the bronze medal of the “Ordre du mérite of the Féderation des commissions scolaires du Québec” for his contribution to the K-12 system in the province. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Canadian Politics from the University of Ottawa.

Paul Thompson, Employment and Social Development Canada

Mr. Paul Thompson began his career in the Public Service in 1990 with Human Resources Development Canada where he worked until 1997. He has held executive positions in various departments including the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Mr. Thompson was appointed as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the Skills and Employment Branch at Human Resources and Social Development Canada in October 2007. From April 2010 to May 2014, Paul held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Processing and Payment Services Branch, Service Canada. He was appointed to his current position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Skills and Employment Branch at Employment and Social Development Canada in May 2014. Mr. Thompson holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Christine Trauttmansdorff, Colleges and Institutes Canada

Christine Trauttmansdorff is the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the national membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally. Her responsibilities include policy and program advocacy, data and statistics and research. Prior to joining CICan in 2015, Christine served in a variety of senior positions at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and at the House of Commons. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration and a B.A. in English, both from Carleton University.